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BBC Legends: Mstislav Rostropovich Box Set [3 CDs]
BBC Legends: Mstislav Rostropovich Box Set [3 CDs]

3 CD / BBC Legends / 2011-09-27

Works: Aram Khachaturian: Concert-Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra; Dmitry Shostakovich: Concerto for Cello no 2 in G major, Op. 126; Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Variations for Cello and Orchestra on a Rococ...
Performers: Rostropovich, Mstislav
Conductors: Hurst, George; Davis, Colin; Britten, Benjamin; Svetlanov, Evgeny; Rostropovich, Mstislav; Rozhdestvensky, Gennady

Considered one of the greatest cellists of the second half of the 20th century is the Russian musician and conductor, Mstislav Rostropovich. Collected here in...continue...
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Beethoven, Schubert / Tatyana Nikolayeva
Beethoven, Schubert / Tatyana Nikolayeva

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2009-11-25

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Piano no 15 in D, Op. 28 "Pastorale); Franz Schubert: Sonata for Piano in B flat major, D 960; Impromptu in G flat major, D 899, no 9
Performers: Nikolayeva, Tatiana

Following her best-selling interpretation of the Goldberg Variations, these recitals of 1991 and 1993 add Beethoven's Pastoral' Sonata and the great and demanding Schubert Piano...continue...
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BBC 42682
Gilels Plays Beethoven & Weber
Gilels Plays Beethoven & Weber

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2009-10-13

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Piano no 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein"; Variations (12) for Piano in A major on a theme of Wranitzky, WoO 71; Variations (32) for Piano in C minor on an Original ...
Performers: Gilels, Emil [Piano]

Emil Gilels was one of the greatest interpreters of Beethoven during the second half of the twentieth century. One critic noted at this March 1968...continue...
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Beethoven, Dvorák: Violin Concertos / Suk, Sargent
Beethoven, Dvorák: Violin Concertos / Suk, Sargent

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2009-06-02

Works: Antonin Dvorák: Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 53; Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61
Performers: Suk, Josef
Conductors: Sargent, Malcolm
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

Josef Suk is the great-grandson of Dvorak so it is fitting that his wonderfully idiomatic performance in stereo of the composer's concerto with Sir Malcolm...continue...
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BBC 42572
Beethoven: Triple Concerto Op 56;  Brahms: Double Concerto Op 102 / Kertesz, Menuhin, Gendron
Beethoven: Triple Concerto Op 56; Brahms: Double Concerto Op 102 / Kertesz, Menuhin, Gendron

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2009-03-10

Works: Johannes Brahms: Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102 "Double"; Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello in C major, Op. 56 "Triple Concerto"
Performers: Gendron, Maurice; Menuhin, Hephzibah; Menuhin, Yehudi [Violin]
Conductors: Kertész, István

Menuhin never recorded Beethoven's 'Triple Concerto', so this is a first and an addition to his extensive discography. The concert given at the 1964 Bath...continue...
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BBC 42522
Beethoven: Piano Sonata no 7;  Poulenc: Pastourelle, etc / Emil Gilels
Beethoven: Piano Sonata no 7; Poulenc: Pastourelle, etc / Emil Gilels

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2009-03-10

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Piano no 7 in D, Op. 10 no 3; Variations (15) and Fugue for Piano in E flat major, Op. 35 "Eroica"; Alexander Scriabin: Etude for piano in F sharp minor, Op. 8/2; Pie...
Performers: Gilels, Emil [Piano]
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BBC 42502
Beethoven, Gershwin: Piano Concertos / Cherkassky, et al
Beethoven, Gershwin: Piano Concertos / Cherkassky, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2009-03-01

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto for Piano no 5 "Emperor"; George Gershwin: Concerto for Piano in F major
Performers: Cherkassky, Shura [Piano]
Conductors: Zollman, Ronald; Handley, Vernon
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra

Cherkassky has never recorded these two concertos before so this is a great addition to his discography. The Gershwin, an unusual choice for Cherkassky, was...continue...
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BBC 42312
Mozart: Don Giovanni Overture;  Mahler: Symphony no 4 / Kurt Sanderling, Felicity Lott, BBC Northern SO
Mozart: Don Giovanni Overture; Mahler: Symphony no 4 / Kurt Sanderling, Felicity Lott, BBC Northern SO

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2008-10-28

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Don Giovanni; Gustav Mahler: Symphony no 4 in G major
Performers: Lott, Felicity [Soprano Vocal]
Conductors: Sanderling, Kurt
Ensemble: BBC Northern Symphony

Mahler's Symphony No. 4 has never been recorded by Kurt Sanderling and this release represents a new addition to his discography. Sanderling, who still lives...continue...
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BBC 42482
Mozart: Piano Concertos no 16 & 17;  Bartók: Piano Concerto no 2 / Anda, Boulez, English Chamber Orchestra, BBC SO
Mozart: Piano Concertos no 16 & 17; Bartók: Piano Concerto no 2 / Anda, Boulez, English Chamber Orchestra, BBC SO

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2008-10-28

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Piano no 16 in D major, K 451; Concerto for Piano no 17 in G major, K 453; Béla Bartók: Concerto for Piano no 2, Sz 95
Performers: Anda, Geza [Piano]
Conductors: Anda, Géza [Piano]; Boulez, Pierre
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra

This program of broadcasts from the 1970s showcases Geza Anda in two Mozart concertos and the technically challenging Bartok Piano Concerto No. 2. All these...continue...
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BBC 42472
Beethoven: Symphony no 3;  Wagner: Preludes / Solti, Nilsson, et al
Beethoven: Symphony no 3; Wagner: Preludes / Solti, Nilsson, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2008-10-14

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica"; Richard Wagner: Götterdämmerung; Tristan und Isolde
Performers: Nilsson, Birgit [Soprano Vocal]
Conductors: Solti, Georg
Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra; Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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BBC 42392
Strauss: Don Quixote;  Haydn: Cello Concerto / Rostropovich, Sargent, et al
Strauss: Don Quixote; Haydn: Cello Concerto / Rostropovich, Sargent, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2008-10-14

Works: Richard Strauss: Don Quixote, Op. 35; Franz Joseph Haydn: Concerto for Cello no 2 in D major, Op 101/H 7b no 2
Performers: Danks, Harry; Maguire, Hugh; Rostropovich, Mstislav
Conductors: Sargent, Malcolm; Rostropovich, Mstislav
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; London Symphony Orchestra

This is a real rarity from the British Library Sound Archive - Rostropovich in a dramatic account of Don Quixote given during an early visit...continue...
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BBC 42402
Weber, Tippett, Brahms / Schmidt-Isserstedt, BBC SO
Weber, Tippett, Brahms / Schmidt-Isserstedt, BBC SO

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2008-05-27

Works: Carl Maria von Weber: Euryanthe, J 291/Op. 81; Michael Tippett: Fantasia concertante on a theme of Corelli; Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98
Performers: Dekany, Bela; Goren, Eli; Vigay, Denis
Conductors: Schmidt-Isserstedt, Hans
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

Berlin born Hans Schmidt-Issserstedt was steeped in the German tradition. He formed the NDR Orchestra (Northern German Radio) in Hamburg which he conducted for 26...continue...
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BBC 42352
Mozart: Concerto for Piano no 14 & 21, etc / Serkin
Mozart: Concerto for Piano no 14 & 21, etc / Serkin

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2008-01-22

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Piano no 14 in E flat major, K 449; March in D major, K 335 no 1 (320a); German dances (6) for orchestra, K. 571; Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467
Performers: Serkin, Rudolf [Piano]
Conductors: Schneider, Alexander

The release of the Mozart Concertos Nos 14 & 21 together with the Six German Dances but supplemented by the March in D, K.335 are...continue...
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BBC 42272
Portrait of A Legend - Oistrakh
Portrait of A Legend - Oistrakh

4 CD / BBC Legends / 2007-12-04

Works: Dmitry Shostakovich: Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor, Op. 77; Concerto for Violin no 2 in C sharp minor, Op. 129; Eugène Ysaÿe: Amitié, Op. 26; Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Concert...
Performers: Oistrakh, David [Conductor]; Oistrakh, Igor [Violin]
Conductors: Rozhdestvensky, Gennady; Svetlanov, Evgeny; Sargent, Malcolm; del Mar, Norman; Kondrashin, Kirill
Ensemble: ; Philharmonia Orchestra

"Oistrakh's technique is without question stellar and well-suited to the demands made on him by Shostakovich. But beyond technique and the mere execution of these...continue...
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Portrait of A Legend - Tennstedt
Portrait of A Legend - Tennstedt

4 CD / BBC Legends / 2007-12-04

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral"; Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92; Bedrich Smetana: Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93; Antonin Dvorák: Symphony no 8 in G major, Op. 88/...
Performers: Haggander, Marianne; Howell, Gwynne; Tear, Robert
Conductors: Tennstedt, Klaus

This 4 CD set featuring legendary German conductor Klaus Tennstedt combines four of his best-selling BBC Legends catalogue releases in a newly designed Limited Edition...continue...
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Beethoven, Chopin, Villa-Lobos, etc / Rubinstein
Beethoven, Chopin, Villa-Lobos, etc / Rubinstein

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2007-10-23

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58; Camille Saint-Saëns: Concerto for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 22; Heitor Villa-Lobos: Moreninha (A boneca de massa), for piano (A...
Performers: Rubinstein, Artur [Piano]
Conductors: Dorati, Antal; Schwarz, Rudolf
Ensemble: ; London Philharmonic Orchestra

"This album shows two distinct sides of Rubinstein. In his performance of Beethoven's Fourth and Saint-Saëns' Second piano concertos, Rubinstein demonstrates his penetrating understanding of...continue...
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Beethoven, Brahms / Schneiderhan, Seeman, et al
Beethoven, Brahms / Schneiderhan, Seeman, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2007-10-23

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Egmont, incidental music, Op. 84; Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61; Johannes Brahms: Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 108
Performers: Schneiderhan, Wolfgang [Conductor/Violin]; Seemann, Carl
Conductors: Kertész, István
Ensemble: ; London Symphony Orchestra

Wolfgang Schneiderhan was an Austrian classical violinist born in Vienna. At age 10 he publicly performed Bach's Chaconne in D minor. The next year he...continue...
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BBC 42172
Brahms, Reger, Beethoven / Boult, Schuricht, et al
Brahms, Reger, Beethoven / Boult, Schuricht, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2007-09-25

Works: Johannes Brahms: Tragic Overture, Op. 81; Max Reger: Variations and Fugue on a Theme of J.A. Hiller for orchestra in E major, Op. 100; Ludwig van Beethoven: Grosse Fuge for String Quartet in B flat m...
Conductors: Schuricht, Carl; Boult, Adrian
Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra; New Philharmonia Orchestra

This release, with bonus rare recording by Sir Adrian Boult, is one of Reger's greatest works. Full of wit, resource and above all, delicacy....continue...
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BBC 42132
Beethoven: Symphony no 9 / Beecham, Fisher, et al
Beethoven: Symphony no 9 / Beecham, Fisher, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2007-07-31

Works: Anonymous: God Save the Queen (National Anthem, United Kingdom and Northern Ireland); Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral"
Performers: Borg, Kim; Fisher, Sylvia; Lewis, Richard [Tenor Vocals]; Merriman, Nan
Conductors: Beecham, Thomas
Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Sir Thomas Beecham has been exceptionally well served by BBC Legends (this is the twelfth Beecham release on the label) though in almost all cases...continue...
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BBC 42092
Vivaldi: Four Seasons, etc;  Mozart / Szeryng et al
Vivaldi: Four Seasons, etc; Mozart / Szeryng et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2007-07-31

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Violin no 3 in G major, K. 216; Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera"; Concerto for 2 Violins in A minor, Op. 3 no 8/RV ...
Performers: Garcia, Jose-Luis; Szeryng, Henryk [Violin]
Conductors: Szeryng, Henryk [Violin]

"When I listen to Szeryng I always learn something new. It's not that I learn how to play a phrase, but how it is possible...continue...
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Walton, Debussy, Handel, Delius, etc / Silvestri, et al
Walton, Debussy, Handel, Delius, etc / Silvestri, et al

2 CD / BBC Legends / 2007-04-24

Works: William Walton: Partita for Orchestra; Claude Debussy: La mer; Le gladiateur ("Mort aux Romains, tuez jusqu'au dernier"), cantata for 3 soloists & orchestra, L. 41; Sergey Rachmaninov: Symphony no 3 ...
Conductors: Silvestri, Constantin
Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

This "live" 2CD set adds important new recordings to the discography of Silvestri and the Bournemouth Symphony and follows on from the recently issued 2CD...continue...
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BBC 42072
Bach, Haydn, Schumann / Hess
Bach, Haydn, Schumann / Hess

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2007-01-30

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude and Fughetta in G major, BWV 902; English Suite no 2 in A minor, BWV 807; Franz Joseph Haydn: Sonata for Keyboard no 62 in E flat major, H 16 no 52; Robert Schumann: Ca...
Performers: Hess, Myra

"Three BBC studio sessions from the great Dame Myra are an unexpected and welcome find...It begins with some of the loveliest Bach you will ever...continue...
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Haydn, Debussy, Beethoven, et al / Ansermet
Haydn, Debussy, Beethoven, et al / Ansermet

2 CD / BBC Legends / 2007-01-30

Works: Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony no 85 in B major, H 1 no 85 "La Reine"; Claude Debussy: Nocturnes (3) for Orchestra; Ibéria, for orchestra, L. 122/2; Spoken Word: Ernest Ansermet discusses Debussy ...
Conductors: Ansermet, Ernest
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; Philharmonia Orchestra

The anthology represented here gives us a rare snapshot of Ernest Ansermet conducting classical composers - Haydn and Beethoven - as well as composers he...continue...
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BBC 42022
Weber, Schubert, Brahms / Tennstedt, London PO
Weber, Schubert, Brahms / Tennstedt, London PO

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-11-07

Works: Carl Maria von Weber: Oberon, J 306; Franz Schubert: Symphony no 9 in C major, D 944 "Great"; Johannes Brahms: Tragic Overture, Op. 81
Conductors: Tennstedt, Klaus
Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra

Klaus Tennstedt was born in Merseberg, Germany and after periods of conducting the Dresden Staatskapelle and acting as Music Director of the Dresden Opera, he...continue...
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BBC 41952
Beethoven, Shostakovich / Barbirolli, Hallé Orchestra
Beethoven, Shostakovich / Barbirolli, Hallé Orchestra

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-11-07

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67; Dmitry Shostakovich: Symphony no 5 in D minor, Op. 47
Conductors: Barbirolli, John

Sir John Barbirolli took over from Toscanini as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic in 1937 and became Director of the Halle from 1943...continue...
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BBC 41932
Hindemith, Dvorák, Beethoven / Giulini, London PO
Hindemith, Dvorák, Beethoven / Giulini, London PO

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-11-07

Works: Paul Hindemith: Konzertmusik for Brass and Strings, Op. 50; Antonin Dvorák: Symphony no 7 in D minor, Op. 70/B 141; Ludwig van Beethoven: Egmont, incidental music, Op. 84
Conductors: Giulini, Carlo Maria
Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra; New Philharmonia Orchestra

When Carlo Maria Giulini died earlier this year aged 90, the musical world mourned one of the great conductors of the 20th century and one...continue...
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BBC 41942
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas;  Schumann / Fischer
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas; Schumann / Fischer

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-11-07

Works: Robert Schumann: Carnaval, Op. 9; Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Piano no 7 in D, Op. 10 no 3; Sonata for Piano no 16 in G major, Op. 31 no 1
Performers: Fischer, Annie [Piano]

This mixed recital by the Hungarian pianist Annie Fischer follows the highly successful BBC Legends release of Haydn, Beethoven, Chopin, Kodaly and Mozart on BBC...continue...
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Bruckner: Symphony no 7;  Beethoven / Barbirolli
Bruckner: Symphony no 7; Beethoven / Barbirolli

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-09-19

Works: Anton Bruckner: Symphony no 7 in E major, WAB 107; Ludwig van Beethoven: Egmont, incidental music, Op. 84; Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43
Conductors: Barbirolli, John
Ensemble: Hallé Orchestra

The recording of Bruckner's Symphony No. 7 is a rarity for Barbirolli fans, and is an important new addition to the Barbirolli discography following his...continue...
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BBC 41862
Brahms, Mozart: Piano Concertos / Rubinstein
Brahms, Mozart: Piano Concertos / Rubinstein

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-09-19

Works: Johannes Brahms: Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488
Performers: Rubinstein, Artur [Piano]
Conductors: Davis, Colin
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; English Chamber Orchestra

The BBC Legends live Performance, in excellent sound, from a packed Royal Festival Hall in 1968, demonstrates that Rubinstein had lost none of his fire...continue...
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BBC 41872
Shostakovich, Haydn, Britten / Kempe, BBC SO
Shostakovich, Haydn, Britten / Kempe, BBC SO

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-09-19

Works: Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony no 104 in D major, H 1 no 104 "London"; Benjamin Britten: Peter Grimes; Dmitry Shostakovich: Symphony no 1 in F minor, Op. 10
Conductors: Kempe, Rudolf
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

The exciting live studio performance of Shostakovich Symphony No.1 from 1965 is a new addition to Kempe's discography and is also being released to coincide...continue...
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BBC 41882
BBC Legends - Brahms: Piano Concerto no 2, etc / Ogdon
BBC Legends - Brahms: Piano Concerto no 2, etc / Ogdon

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-07-25

Works: Johannes Brahms: Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83; Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Piano no 32 in C minor, Op. 111
Performers: Ogdon, John [Piano]
Conductors: Barbirolli, John

John Ogdon studied at the Royal Manchester College of Music. He made his London deut at the Henry Wood Proms in 1958 playing the Busoni...continue...
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BBC 41832
BBC Legends - Weber, Ravel, etc / Monteux
BBC Legends - Weber, Ravel, etc / Monteux

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-06-27

Works: Carl Maria von Weber: Jubel Overture, J 245/Op. 59; Maurice Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin; Willem Pijper: Symphony no 3, K. 71; Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations; Emmanuel Chabrier: Work(s)
Conductors: Monteux, Pierre
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; London Symphony Orchestra

"The opening of the little known Weber overture may contain the seeds of Wagner's overture to 'Die Meistersinger,' the ending is a stirring take on...continue...
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Haydn, Brahms, Schubert / Firkusny
Haydn, Brahms, Schubert / Firkusny

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-06-27

Works: Franz Joseph Haydn: Sonata for Piano no 59 in E flat major; Sonata for Keyboard no 33 in C minor, H 16 no 20; Johannes Brahms: Pieces (4) for piano, Op. 119; Franz Schubert: Sonata for Piano in B fla...
Performers: Firkusny, Rudolf

Rudolf Firkusny was one of the great concert pianists of this century, but also one of the last links to the most important figures in...continue...
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BBC 41732
Haydn: Symphony no 100 & 10; et al / Jochum, et al
Haydn: Symphony no 100 & 10; et al / Jochum, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-05-02

Works: Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony no 100 in G major ("Military") H. 1/100; Symphony no 101 in D major, H 1 no 101 "Clock"; Paul Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis
Conductors: Jochum, Eugen
Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra; London Symphony Orchestra

This CD marks the celebrated German conductor Eugen Jochum's debut on BBC Legends. Apart from his fixed obligations, Jochum has conducted in every musical centre,...continue...
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BBC 41762
Schumann, Beethoven, Bach: Piano Concertos / Hess
Schumann, Beethoven, Bach: Piano Concertos / Hess

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-05-02

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19; Robert Schumann: Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54; Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata in G major, BWV 916
Performers: Hess, Myra
Conductors: Gibson, Alexander, Sir; Sargent, Malcolm
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Dame Myra Hess was a pianist with a commanding yet unobtrusive technique who specialized in Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann and Brahms. She made her debut...continue...
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BBC 41782
Delius, Mozart, Beethoven: Piano Concertos / Curzon
Delius, Mozart, Beethoven: Piano Concertos / Curzon

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-05-02

Works: Frederick Delius: Concerto for Piano in C minor, RT vii/4; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Piano no 24 in C minor, K 491; Ludwig van Beethoven: Fantasia in C minor, Op. 80 "Choral Fantasy"
Performers: Curzon, Clifford [Piano]
Conductors: Pritchard, John; Haitink, Bernard
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; London Philharmonic Orchestra

"The piece de resistance here is the Delius Concerto. Nowadays, Curzon is primarily associated with the core repertoire - Mozart, Schubert, Schumann and Brahms -...continue...
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Beethoven, Schumann, Schoenberg / Arrau
Beethoven, Schumann, Schoenberg / Arrau

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2004-11-23

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Piano no 13 in E flat major, Op. 27 no 1 "Quasi una fantasia"; Robert Schumann: Fantasia in C major, Op. 17; Arnold Schoenberg: Pieces (3) for piano, Op. 11
Performers: Arrau, Claudio [Piano]

Claudio Arrau was in intellectual, with a profound analytical bent, a deeply relective interpreter, commanding a tonal range of extraordinary breath, variety and depth. The...continue...
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BBC 41622
Beethoven: Symphonies no 8 & 9 / Szell, Harper, Crass, et al
Beethoven: Symphonies no 8 & 9 / Szell, Harper, Crass, et al

2 CD / BBC Legends / 2004-10-19

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 8 in F major, Op. 93; Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral"
Performers: Baker, Janet, Dame [Mezzo-soprano Vocal]; Crass, Franz; Dowd, Ronald; Harper, Heather
Conductors: Szell, George
Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra

Szell's recordings in 1968 of live performances of Beethoven's Symphonies Nos. 8 & 9 with the New Philharmonia were considered one of the sensations of...continue...
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BBC 41552
Serkin - Mozart: Piano Concertos, German Dances, etc
Serkin - Mozart: Piano Concertos, German Dances, etc

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2004-10-19

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Piano no 12 in A major, K 414 (385p); Concerto for Piano no 20 in D minor, K 466; German dances (6) for orchestra, K. 571; Prelude and Fugue for Piano in C major...
Performers: Serkin, Rudolf [Piano]
Conductors: Schneider, Alexander

This wonderfully relaxed recording of popular Mozart concertos given in 1966 at the City of London Festival in the Guildhall allows us to hear Rudolf...continue...
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BBC 41572
Beethoven, Bach, Paganini, et al / Nathan Milstein, et al
Beethoven, Bach, Paganini, et al / Nathan Milstein, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2004-09-21

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61; Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita for Violin solo no 1 in B minor, BWV 1002; Niccolò Paganini: Caprices (24) for Violin solo, Op. 1; Ma...
Performers: Lush, Ernest; Milstein, Nathan [Violin]
Conductors: Boult, Adrian; Leinsdorf, Erich
Ensemble: ; London Philharmonic Orchestra

Nathan Milstein was born in Odessa and studied with celebrated teacher Leopold Auer in St. Petersburg. Through his friendship with the composer Glazunov, he met...continue...
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BBC 41512
Strauss, Ravel, Mozart / Elisabeth Söderström, et al
Strauss, Ravel, Mozart / Elisabeth Söderström, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2004-09-21

Works: Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs, AV 150; Capriccio, Op.85; Maurice Ravel: Shéhérazade, poems (3) for soprano (or tenor) & orchestra (or piano); Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Le nozze di Fig...
Performers: Soderstrom, Elisabeth
Conductors: Dorati, Antal; Boulez, Pierre; Pritchard, John
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Elisabeth Soderstrom has remaimed a member of the Swedish Royal opera for life. Her repertoire includes a wide range of roles - from Monteverdi's Poppea,...continue...
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BBC 41532
Beethoven, Schubert, Wagner / Jascha Hornstein, et al
Beethoven, Schubert, Wagner / Jascha Hornstein, et al

2 CD / BBC Legends / 2004-09-21

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Missa solemnis in D major, Op. 123; Franz Schubert: Symphony no 8 in B minor, D 759 "Unfinished"; Richard Wagner: Faust Overture
Performers: Borg, Kim; Lewis, Richard [Tenor Vocals]; Stich-Randall, Teresa
Conductors: Horenstein, Jascha
Ensemble: BBC Northern Symphony; BBC Symphony Chorus; BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jascha Horenstein has been represented on BBC Legends on many occasions particularly in Bruckner and Mahler. His famous pioneering recording of Mahler's Symphony No. 8...continue...
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BBC 41502
Giulini - Weber, Schubert, Britten / LPO, New Philharmonia
Giulini - Weber, Schubert, Britten / LPO, New Philharmonia

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2004-06-29

Works: Carl Maria von Weber: Der Freischütz, J 277; Franz Schubert: Symphony no 9 in C major, D 944 "Great"; Benjamin Britten: The Building of the House, overture for chorus & orchestra, Op. 79; Spoken...
Conductors: Giulini, Carlo Maria
Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra; New Philharmonia Chorus; New Philharmonia Orchestra

Carlo Maria Giulini, the last of the great and most revered Italian maestros, celebrates his 90th birthday in Milan in May this year. BBC Legends...continue...
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BBC 41402
Ogdon - Beethoven: Piano Concerto no 5, etc; Schubert
Ogdon - Beethoven: Piano Concerto no 5, etc; Schubert

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2004-04-27

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto for Piano no 5 "Emperor"; Variations (32) for Piano in C minor on an Original Theme, WoO 80; Franz Schubert: Sonata for Piano in C minor, D 958
Performers: Ogdon, John [Piano]
Conductors: Horenstein, Jascha
Ensemble: BBC Northern Symphony

"John Ogdon's career was reaching its peak when, in January of 1969, he performed Beethoven's 'Emperor' Concerto at the Festhalle in Viersen, Germany. It is...continue...
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Beethoven, Mozart, Smetana / Smetana Quartet
Beethoven, Mozart, Smetana / Smetana Quartet

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2004-03-09

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Quartet for Strings no 1 in F major, Op. 18/1; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Quartet for Strings no 20 in D major, K 499 "Hoffmeister"; Bedrich Smetana: Quartet for Strings no 1 in E...

The Smetana Quartet was unique because instead of using music stands, they learned their repertoire by heart and played from memory which allowed them to...continue...
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BBC 41372
Beethoven, Mozart, Bridge: Trios / Menuhin, Gendron, Britten
Beethoven, Mozart, Bridge: Trios / Menuhin, Gendron, Britten

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2003-11-25

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio for Piano and Strings no 5 in D major, Op. 70 no 1 "Ghost"; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Trio for Piano and Strings no 5 in G major, K 564; Frank Bridge: Trio for Piano and Str...
Performers: Britten, Benjamin; Gendron, Maurice; Menuhin, Yehudi [Violin]

"This is a remarkable performance, not perhaps as red-blooded as some, but intense, subtle and beautifully shaped. Some of Menuhin's intonation is a touch raw,...continue...
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Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, Bartok / Géza Anda
Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, Bartok / Géza Anda

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2003-11-25

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Piano no 7 in D, Op. 10 no 3; Robert Schumann: Symphonic Etudes for Piano, Op. 13; Béla Bartók: Suite for Piano, Op. 14/Sz 62; Johannes Brahms: Variations (...
Performers: Anda, Geza [Piano]

Geza Anda studied at the Budapest Conservatory under Dohnanyi making his debut in the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 under Mengelberg in 1939. From 1947...continue...
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BBC 41352
Beethoven: Symphonies no 2 & 7 / Van Beinum, Philharmonia
Beethoven: Symphonies no 2 & 7 / Van Beinum, Philharmonia

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2003-10-07

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 36; Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92
Conductors: Beinum, Eduard Van
Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra

"These performances offer an accurate picture of the concise, sober, undistorted, yet not impassive of inflexible persona of a conductor whose discography is all too...continue...
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Sibelius: Symphony no 2;  Tchaikovsky, Beethoven / Stokowski
Sibelius: Symphony no 2; Tchaikovsky, Beethoven / Stokowski

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2003-05-20

Works: Jean Sibelius: Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 43; Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty Suite, Op. 66a; Ludwig van Beethoven: Egmont, incidental music, Op. 84
Conductors: Stokowski, Leopold
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; New Philharmonia Orchestra

"The sheer originality of this performance of the Sibelius 2 takes one's breath away. I suppose a few may want to relegate this to the...continue...
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The 1959 Royal Festival Hall Concert / Beecham, RPO
The 1959 Royal Festival Hall Concert / Beecham, RPO

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2003-02-01

Works: Thomas Arne: God Save the Queen; Felix Mendelssohn: Overture for orchestra in F major ("Fair Melusina"), Op. 32; John Addison: Carte blanche, ballet suite; Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A ma...
Conductors: Beecham, Thomas

From Sir Thomas's last year of conducting before his death in 1961 comes this live concert recording from November 8, 1959. This disc features Beecham's...continue...
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